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Water

Posted in Fantasy, Landscape, Nature, Oil Painting, Water with tags , , , , , , on December 12, 2017 by Angie Coleman

The River sf

Oils     24″ x 48″

 

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The Sun

Posted in Archetype, Astrology, Oil Painting, Planets in Astrology, Zodiac with tags , , , , , , , on December 6, 2017 by Angie Coleman

#1 The Sun sf

Oils     24″ x 24″

Creating images that depict the energy represented by the sun in an astrology chart has been an interesting journey.   I put off finishing any one image, trying one idea after another, but abandoning each as not quite right or somehow just off the mark.

When I was working on images for the other planets each of the clusters of energy or archetypes seemed self-evident.   The planet Saturn is about restriction, boundaries and reality, and so on for each of the planets.   But the sun seemed somehow different, and fundamentally so.   If the other planets represent psychological energies it is the sun through which these energies are manifested and expressed.   One of Edgar Cayce’s ideas (if I get it right) is that our souls can spend time on the other planets, absorbing their particular energy for future incarnations.   In this idea I see the workings of karma, and interpret the energies of the planets as a process of karma, allowing this core self to manifest and play out these energies, and let them in return impact back on this self, spinning karma.   Thus my final painting for the sun doesn’t have a face, for although the core may be the essence of a particular set of beliefs and ideas that are called Cancer or Leo or Pisces, this too is just a face, a façade for that which lies beneath, that which provides and is the energy and the drive; it is both this and all this, but it also hints at much more.

 

 

 

Dreams and Memories

Posted in Animals, Archetype, Mythology, Oil Painting, Spirit, Woman with tags , , , , , , on November 27, 2017 by Angie Coleman

 

Dreams and Memories sfOils     20″ x 24″

 

Pluto

Posted in Archetype, Astrology, Flash Cards, Mythology, Oil Painting, Planets in Astrology, The Planets, Woman, Zodiac with tags , , , , , , , , on November 3, 2017 by Angie Coleman

#10 Pluto sf

Oils     24″ x 24″

I’m still working on the Astrology project; have finished all of the planets except the Sun and I’m already playing with ideas for the twelve houses which I will tackle next.

I love astrology, believe it is one of those ancient systems of knowledge that has been misunderstood over the millennia, falling from its high level of wisdom and knowledge into a caricature of all that it really contains and explains.   It is also a very complex and multi-faceted system.   Popular astrology often claims just the opposite, that it is actually very easy to understand, or ‘read’ a chart.   I haven’t found this to be true at all, and because I don’t find the chart easy to understand I decided to create flash cards that will give visual clues as to what that sign, planet, house, etc. are all about.   Looking at Aries, Mars and the first house it’s obvious that they are related and that all three are about fire (passion) and action.

I believe that in order to be really adept at astrological interpretation a person needs to study in great detail and depth for a long time, perhaps decades.   This is what I realized when I finally had the time in my life to really look into the study of astrology.   Now I believe I would need to dedicate 100% of my time to the study in order to master it, but knowing myself, at my age, and with all of the large projects I am in the middle it’s rather unlikely that I will throw everything else out and concentrate only on astrology.   Instead I’m approaching the subject in my own way, at my own pace, trying to gain knowledge and wisdom through visual symbols and images, whether or not this is the correct way to learn the subject or not.

My approach to things, what I seek and what satisfies me, and the quirks and leanings of my personality are, of course, visible somewhere in my own natal chart whether I can see and understand these placements and their meanings and how they all interact and play on one another or not.   The flash cards are a visual shortcut, prompt and memory cue, but I am finding them very useful nevertheless, and can even say that I understand some things about my own chart (and therefore other charts as well) much better than I did before I started this project.   I will try to share some of what I have learned in a future post.

Uranus

Posted in Archetype, Astrology, Mythology, Oil Painting, Planets in Astrology, The Planets, Woman with tags , , , , , , , on October 24, 2017 by Angie Coleman

Uranus sf

Oils     24″ x 24″

Saturn

Posted in Archetype, Astrology, Mythology, Oil Painting, The Planets, Woman with tags , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2017 by Angie Coleman

#6 Saturn, Constriction

Oils     24″ x 24″

Poncha Springs

Posted in Fall, Landscape, Nature, Oil Painting with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2017 by Angie Coleman

River Orchard Poncha Springs, CO Oct., 2017 sf

Oil     12″ x 16″

I got out of the city last week.   Drove through the mountains to a high valley and stayed in a cabin on the Arkansas River.   It was chilly and crisp, the cottonwoods were all yellow and gold and wild turkeys strolled through each morning and evening.   Enjoyed the hot springs nearby and slept the afternoon away.   It was just what was needed, beauty and the peace of nature.

I laid the bones for this painting one cold morning, working under the dappled light of the pine trees until I was chilled through and through; a good lesson on dressing for autumn Colorado mountain weather.